I am so happy to sit back with you all to enjoy today’s guest post. What a treat!
Ya’ll I’m so delighted to introduce you to my sweet friend Jenn Peterson, from Running This Thing Called Life. Her words remind us of how our soul hungers and how we oftentimes seek in all the wrong places to fill that hunger. I’m sure Jenn’s post will bless you as much as it blessed me.
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It was late in the afternoon.
The rain had just started, it wasn’t enough rain
to keep our indecisive dog from scratching at the back door to be let out.
This is what she does all day. In. Out.
I get up from the desk, a little irritated.
It’s the first time all day I have had peace to write.
Dinner was already on the stove.
Kids are in their rooms, supposed to be cleaning,
but we all know that they are playing.
And I am fine with that, sometimes you have to pick your battle.
Sitting back at the desk. I hear her.
Just above me.
I’m not sure what she is doing in her room, and I am quite certain
that I don’t want to know.
I try to block it out. All the toys throwing, her heaving sounds.
Until I just can’t take it anymore,
and I make my way up the stairs.
Upon opening her door, it is exactly as I imagined.
(I am so thankful I said a prayer as I walked up the stairs.)
Every toy, every clothing item thrown around her room.
(My heart stopped for a second.)
“Madeline, what are you doing?”
She looks at me as if nothing is wrong with this.
“Mom, I am looking for my Barbie.”
“Madeline, it’s on the counter. In the kitchen under your coat.”
“It’s been there the whole time, this whole time you
were searching in the wrong place.”
And that’s the thing, we are all searching for something.
We want our lives and hearts to be filled like our bellies
at Christmas dinner.
When we have to unbutton our pants to make room for pumpkin pie.
We all want that full feeling.
The abundant life.
Most of us search our whole lives, and come up empty.
Because we search in the wrong place.
We fill our lives and hearts with money.
Success. Marriage. Friends. Kids.
Can I add, how many followers and blog post hits we get.
But none of it ever fills us.
The only thing that can fill us is Christ.
Only He can give us an abundant life.
And it is only when we stop searching and take a seat at His feet
that our lives and hearts become overflowing.
Have you been looking in all the wrong places and coming up empty handed? Leave us a comment and let us know how it has looked for you. We’d love to pray with you.